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Once feral, Chamber Kitty has adapted nicely to indoor life, including naps on the couch,
posing for pictures and greeting visitors. PHOTO BY DENISE RAY

Chamber Announces New Ambassador

‘Chamber Kitty greets everyone’

By Denise Ray, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Dawson County Chamber of Commerce has a new ambassador and she’s the purr-fect example of hospitality.

Chamber Kitty, the petite short-haired tortoise-shell feline, helps make visitors feel welcome and at ease, according to Chamber President Christie Haynes.

Working late one evening, Haynes noticed the furry feline who then tried to get into Haynes’ car.

“She was the friendliest cat I’ve ever known,” Haynes said. “She was so friendly that we really believed she must belong to someone.”

The cat was taken to Dr. Will Baldwin at Dawsonville Veterinarian deemed her healthy and about a year old. She was found not to be chipped, so attempts to locate her owner were done the old-fashioned way: circulating pictures.

No one claimed the sweet-tempered feline.

“I couldn’t keep her so our staff determined that she should be our welcome kitty,” Haynes said. “Our Executive Committee approved her stay, too.”

While trying to come up with a name for their new ambassador, Chamber employees started calling her Chamber Kitty and it struck, according to Haynes.

Chamber Kitty has a demeanor typical of any feline.

“Cats don’t have owners,” Davida Simpson, Marketing and Events Director commented. “They have staff.”

Chamber Kitty’s staff ensures she is well taken care of.

Chamber Kitty also has a schedule. Mornings are spent in the offices of Director of Operations Brenda Mason where the feline enjoys the early sunshine and Simpson. An afternoon nap on the couch follows then she typically goes back outside.

Mason said the cat always comes to the door around 5:15 p.m. because she knows that is when employees leave, and spends the night indoors.

“We hope that having her in our office will help encourage others to adopt locally and to ensure that their pets have happy, healthy environments,” Haynes said. “We are big supporters of our local humane society and are proud of their work. We believe that keeping our kitty would help the effort by leaving room in our shelter for another kitty.”

Chamber Kitty shares a birthday with the Dawson County Chamber of Commerce, June 28.

At press time, it was not clear as to how she would celebrate National Cat Day, August 8, but sources tell Smoke Signals that the day will not go unnoticed if Chamber Kitty has her way.

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